Penny Simkin PT

Penny Simkin

Penny is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 13,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women and couples through childbirth as a doula.

She is author or co-author of books for both parents and professionals, including The Labor Progress Handbook; Pregnancy, Childbirth, and
the Newborn: The Complete Guide; When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women; The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions.

She has developed teaching materials for birth classes and produced several videos for educators, doulas and families , the latest of which is for siblings-to-be, There’s a Baby. She is co-founder of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth).

Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the journal, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, and serves on the senior faculty of the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor.